The Department of Music engages students in a variety of artistic, creative, intellectual and cultural endeavors. Students benefit from a strong, interdisciplinary liberal arts base, small classes that stimulate active learning, group participation, and service to the greater community. Seminar-style settings take the place of formal lectures; repertory classes, ensemble performances, recitals, opera scenes, master classes and competitions prepare students for the application of their discipline.
A variety of academic and performance-based courses inspires and challenges the music student. The department provides numerous opportunities for both solo and ensemble performance through concerts, weekly repertoire classes, monthly Midday Musicales and junior and senior recitals. Lesson scholarship is awarded to music majors who contribute to the department community and remain in good academic standing. Private lessons, class piano and class voice, ensembles and general music classes are open to all students.
Students have opportunities to be a part of the following groups on campus:
- College Choir
- Chamber Singers
- Jazz Ensembles
- Guitar Ensemble
- String Ensemble
- African Drumming Class
- Opera Scenes
Students may also join the community-based Greensboro Concert Band and the orchestra Philharmonia, both of which rehearse off-campus.
Guilford’s ability to service a variety of musical interests is evidenced through the successes of our alumni. Students with music degrees from Guilford have pursued graduate studies at competitive graduate programs at major institutions such as the Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, the College Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati, Florida State and UNC-Chapel Hill.Some graduates are making a living as working musicians; others have entered the teaching field. Still others have pursued experiences with programs such as Teach for America and Americorps.